The Intellectual Property Law Clinic is run through the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center (MIPLRC), located on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park. Students are expected to spend at least one full day per week at the MIPLRC office in College Park (typically a Friday), where they will be working with high tech start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs on a broad variety of IP issues.
Students will explore IP needs with clients and will assist them in building various aspects of an IP portfolio. Students may be asked to perform patentability searches and draft opinions relating to the scope of protection a client might be able to receive; prepare provisional utility patent applications and design applications; and counsel clients on strategies for protecting information as trade secrets. Students also conduct trademark clearance searches and file trademark applications, and they file copyright registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office. In addition, students draft confidentiality agreements and licensing agreements, and they may be asked to assist with business entity selection and formation. The clinic participates in the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Law School Clinical Certification Program, giving students limited recognition to practice before the office for purposes of filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications while they are in the clinic.
The Clinic includes a “classroom” component, consisting of weekly two-hour meetings at the Law School. During these meetings, students will brief classmates on their projects and discuss strategy and work plans, as well as ethical challenges they are facing. The weekly meeting also includes a substantive component, during which students receive instruction on practical topics such as how to conduct a trademark search, how to prepare and prosecute a patent application, and how to draft a nondisclosure agreement.
Evening students are not precluded from enrolling in the IP Clinic. However, students whose schedules will not permit them to participate in regular office hours and meet with clients between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm should not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Intellectual Property Law Survey (may be waived at the instructor's discretion for a student who has taken multiple IP courses but has not taken the Survey course). Instructor permission is required in order to register for this course. Students who enroll in this course are also required to attend Law Practice Orientation offered at the beginning of each semester.
Current & Previous Instructors:
|528D (CRN: 22854) Credits: 5|
Spring, 2017 (Day).
|528D (CRN: 25618) Credits: 4|
Spring, 2017 (Day).